See the Stars!
The McDonald Observatory is owned and operated by the University of Texas at Austin. The observatory has ongoing projects varying from viewing exploding stars to searching for planets.
Dress warmly because it is at 6,000 plus feet in elevation. $5 Adults / $4 Children 6-12 / $15 Family. The Visitors Center is open 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
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See the stars
Visit McDonald's Observatory. It's a 15 minute drive from Ft. Davis on top of Mt. Locke. There are 3 telescopes and a brand new visitor's center with interactive displays. There are 'Star Parties' weekend evenings that include a tour of the telescopes and star gazing.
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Drive around the scenic loop
Fort Davis is the starting point for one of the most scenic and uncrowded drives in Texas and America. Seventy-five miles long, the drive leaves Fort Davis on Texas 118, proceeds up Limpia Canyon past Mts. Locke and Fowlkes and the McDonald Observatory and then into Madera Canyon and a quiet, pine shaded picnic area.After a left turn on Texas 166, the road passes Mt. Livermore and Sawtooth Mountain, then gradually descends past a prominent ridge lined with wind generators toward the southeast side of the mountains, with broad views to the Sierra Vieja Mountains along the Rio Grande to the south. As you approach Fort Davis again on Texas 166, the Puertacita Mountains and Mitre Peak are straight ahead.
The McDonald Observatory is a...
The McDonald Observatory is a must see for all you star lovers.
Operated by the University of Texas at Austin, the observatory has three large telescopes and hosts visiting astronomers from around the world and more than 130,000 tourists every year. Guided tours of the facility are offered every morning at 11:30am and afternoon at 2:00pm. Day visitors to the observatory may also take a detailed look at the sun. Solar viewing sessions are conducted twice daily in the Visitor's center theater. A telescope equipped with a filter and video camera provides live video of our sun, it's turbulent atmosphere, and sunspots.
The observatory's evening Star Parties should not be missed. Beginning just after dark, experts train several smaller (but still powerful) telescopes at interesting stars, planets, passing satellites and other astral features. An explanation of the constellations and stars of note is also presented by a resident astronomer, and explanatory videos are shown in the Visitor Center.
You have to see the historic...
You have to see the historic fort.
Just a mile or so from downtown, Fort Davis National Historic Site, at the foot of Sleeping Lion Mountain and Hospital Canyon, is considered perhaps the best preserved of all the 19th Century frontier forts and one of the only 'Buffalo Soldier' forts in the west.The first African American graduate of West Point Military Academy was stationed here shortly after the Civil War as the Quartermaster.
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Fourth of July in Fort Davis...
Fourth of July in Fort Davis is the best! If you've never experienced a small town 4th of July celebration, you've got to come to Fort Davis. The day begins with a parade around 10am. Everyone lines Main street to see all the homemade floats. The rest of the day, everyone can be found around the courthouse lawn eating, buying crafts, and visiting. There is always a bank robbery in the afternoon. And don't forget the dance in the town square. There's nothing like dancing under a blanket of stars!
Davis Mountain State Park In...
Davis Mountain State Park In addition to well known Indian Lodge hotel, the park offers a variety of camping, from hookups for recreational vehicles to primitive campsites, several miles of hiking trails, and an interpretive center.
The State Park's centerpiece is the pretty canyon formed by Keesey Creek, which often flows during the summer rainy season. It is wooded with Emory oaks, gray oaks, pinion and juniper. Bird life is especially abundant in the park, and a pack of javelinas occasionally forages in the underbrush, apparently oblivious to park visitors.
Not to be missed is Skyline Drive, a paved road that climbs steeply to two overlooks on the eastern side of the park. Visible in the distance are the highways to Alpine and Marfa, parts of the town of Fort Davis and the Fort Davis National Historic Site, and the lazy bends of Limpia Creek far below.
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The Neil Doll Museum
This is just down the street from my parents house. I used to visit the museum all the time as a kid. They have a wonderful collection of antique dolls.
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